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2014 Panini Hot Rookies Football Tries New Spin on Standard Packs

And sometimes the box configuration is totally unique.

When I stopped in Triple Cards in Plano TX to discuss 2014 Panini Hot Rookies to get his viewpoint, the owner told me he wasn’t crazy about the rather ‘unique’ box concept that’s in play with this product. After I left the store, I realized in some ways the 2014 Hot Rookies boxes make for a unique and innovative way to sell packs.

Score Hot Rookies 2014 boxThe biggest pack in the box has 32 cards and features veterans with at least two cards numbered to 99 or less. There is one pack in a case in which every card in this large pack is a serial numbered parallel.

Calvin Johnson 2014 Hot Rookies BaseThen there is a 10 card pack featuring all rookies with one card numbered to 99 or less.

The third pack has five insert cards, one of which is a signed memorabilia card.

The fourth pack contains three cards—all autographs.  The more I thought about this, the more I thought dealers could be truly innovative selling these cards.  You could decide how to market the four different types of packs. While that involves some thought, you could price those packs in such a way to match what you would have done for 10 separate five-card packs.

Hot Rookies are parallel in design to the recently released Score Football except the cards have silver borders. The size of the set is the same as the Score set ((330 cards) so finishing a base set is a real challenge. Triple Cards sold a few boxes at $115 per and just said that was enough and moved the rest of his boxes out of the store while leading on-line retailers are now between $90-95 per box.   This is a hobby only product–no blaster boxes.

Autographs appear to lean heavily on stickers.

So how did we do from our box?

Murphyauto DolphinsBase Cards: 36 different. Yes with perfect distribution you would need a lot of boxes to finish a set. However, if your goals are base cards maybe you can find a sympathetic store owner or dealer who will sell you just the big packs or work through eBay.

Scorecard Parallel (#d to 99): Teddy Bridgewater

Showcase Parallels (#d to 79):  Doug Martin, Robert Mathis

All-time Franchise Leaders:  Barry Sanders

Brothers in Arms: Pittsburgh Steelers

Brothers in Arms Green Parallel (#d to 5): Washington Redskins

Franchise: Cam Newton

Lattimore IMG_2526 (1)Hot Rookie: Jordan Matthews, A.J. McCarron

Inscriptions: Adrien Robinson

Rookie Signatures: Trent Murphy

Hot Rookie Autographs: Cody Latimer

Future Franchise Fabrics Signatures: Dion Jordan

My box was didn’t have anything really great (not to mention the really poor signatures we continue to see from players), but there is some hope long-term thanks to the sheer number of autos and inserts.

Especially at the lower price points the product has dipped to in some places, some collectors will enjoy opening up this reasonably high-end issue. And for an innovative dealer or shop owner, I bet they can get more than the $90 right now by breaking up those packs.

Click here to see 2014 Panini Hot Rookies on eBay.

About Rich Klein

Rich Klein has spent almost his entire life collecting baseball cards having begun at the tender age of seven. He has spent more than three decades in the organized hobby including editing the first 12 editions of the Beckett Almanac of Baseball Card and Collectibles. He lives in Plano, TX along with his wife Dena and their two dogs. You can reach him at [email protected].

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